Industry 4.0 is heading into the Arctic Circle

Cermaq AS

Cermaq AS is building the world’s first Smart Factory for salmon.
Oslo based CodeIT AS to deliver new game changing integration 4.0 software.

Cermaq has announced big plans for 2018. With the closure of two processing sites in Norway, the company has instructed Baader GmbH and Oslo based CodeIT AS to deliver a new centralized production site, set to be the most innovative and efficient processing facility for salmon ever created. The factory is located in Storskjæret, a part of Steigen municipality within Nordland county and has been under construction since March 2017. The first fish are set to leave the 8000-square meter state of the art greenfield site by the end of Q2 2018.

Baader GmbH needs no introduction as a premier global manufacturer of food processing equipment, but it is CodeIT AS that are stealing the show. The Oslo based underdog is making waves with its ground breaking intelligent software CodeIT Enterprise™, winning against stiff competition from much larger companies to secure the deal with Cermaq. They are supplying the cross platform inter connectivity and digitalisation of the new site, earning it the title of an Industry 4.0 manufacturing facility – one of the first of its kind in seafood.

Project Leader Atle Kvist from Cermaq comments: ‘We as an industry are being more and more challenged on documentation and traceability, our green footprint is important to all our future planning and this is why we have chosen CodeIT AS to deliver a solution that fits our requirements very well. They specialize in intelligent and flexible software that gives us the control and visibility we need’.

CEO of CodeIT AS Bjørnar Torsnes has been working behind the scenes on this project for the last year. Together with Claes Park, System Software Manager and Inge Stenvoll, Project Leader, they have designed a solution that enables Cermaq to connect and integrate all surrounding machines in the production environment.

‘This flexibility enables full freedom for our customer to select the most efficient and state of the art equipment from the most competitive and innovative suppliers. Traditionally in a processing facility it is common that only one key supplier takes the lead and sets the technology level. As a result, there is no real competition in the purchasing process. CodeIT AS is triggering a step change in that process enabling the customer to operate under normal commercial conditions and not being moored to the mast as is often the case in our industry’ says Torsnes.

Big Data and The Internet of Things
With this deal signed on the 5th of July, Cermaq is putting a digital foot forward and aiming to reap the rewards of the inter-networking of machines or the Internet of Things, Big Data and Industry 4.0 – or Cyber Physical Systems. What kind of tangible benefits does this provide to a salmon producer? Torsnes comments, ‘A modern salmon facility takes in the fish, evaluates quality, weight, grading etc. and during all processes automatically determines which department the fish should go to. Once we introduce truly interconnected intelligence to these processes we can create efficiency at several orders of magnitude higher than was previously capable. For example, calculating the appropriate ice dosing for different geographical locations of shipments.’

CodeIT AS work across many industries and have previously provided digitalisation solutions to Marine Harvest, Pelagia, Coldwater Prawns of Norway, EWOS (now Cargill Animal Nutrition) and BioMar. The company claims it’s software CodeIT Enterprise™ puts its customers in control with an easy to use, reliable platform designed for growth with clear technical, economic and operational benefits.

About CodeIT
CodeIT provides its customers with expert advice and analysis, software, hardware, installation and support. With over 25 years of experience with critical business applications in various industries, CodeIT has integrated a considerable number of production lines in the Nordic countries, USA, Canada, Vietnam, Scotland and Ireland. Common for all installations is the standard toolbox CodeIT Enterprise™.

CodeIT started the development of CodeIT Enterprise™ in 2007, and today it is a reliable platform designed for growth with clear technical, economic and operational benefits. CodeIT Enterprise™ is an open standard software for setup and configuration of industrial AutoID and traceability systems. This software has the power to be customized to the customer’s area of use.

In recent news CodeIT AS has been awarded EUR 1.2 million from Horizon 2020, an EU Research and Innovation programme. Horizon 2020's SME programme is a customised instrument for small and medium-sized enterprises. It targets innovative companies with international ambitions. CodeIT AS was one of four Norwegian companies to win funding this year from EU Horizon 2020.

Notes to Editors
Please contact CodeIT for more information on any aspects of this release or if you would like to arrange interviews or receive more imagery or detail.

Press enquiries
Bjørnar Torsnes, CEO, CodeIT AS
T: (+47) 22 10 73 80
M: (+47) 907 72 110
E: bjornar.torsnes@codeit.no
Web: www.codeit.no

Cermaq film-web: https://www.cermaq.com/wps/wcm/connect/cermaq/home
Photo: CodeIT Enterprise™ is changing the landscape for salmon production. Photo courtesy of Cermaq.

CodeIT Enterprise

CodeIT in the European Champions League

Bjørnar Torsnes, CEO i CodeIT

CodeIT AS received EUR 1.2 million from Horizon 2020 in the last round. "We are proud to have received this recognition from the European Commission after having applied several times in the past. Thanks to good counselling from Innovation Norway and the Seal of Excellence scheme, which initially triggered the application process, we have finally received confirmation that we are part of the European Champions League for start-ups", says Bjørnar Torsnes, CodeIT CEO.

What is eMRB: eMRB

Small and medium-sized enterprises in Norway are making their mark internationally and receiving major funding from the EU. In competition with companies throughout Europe, four companies will be receiving over NOK 65 million this month in order to commercialise their innovation projects.

"We're very pleased to see the Norwegian business sector doing such a good job of keeping up with international competition. We know that the eligibility criteria are very stringent, and I would like to congratulate Othecos, CodeIT, Voca and Respinor on their European funding", says Mona Skaret, Director of Growth Companies and Clusters at Innovation Norway. "The fact that more and more of our applications for funding from the EU are succeeding is a result of a focus on this at Innovation Norway and within our clusters. Oslo MedTech is an example of both a cluster and its corporate members achieving great success with Horizon 2020. The awards also show that the EU and Horizon 2020 are an arena that offers great opportunities for the Norwegian business sector.

The EU wants to stimulate innovation that will help solve the challenges the world is facing. With Horizon 2020, the EU is aiding the development of solutions to meet our shared societal challenges. This provides major global opportunities for the business sector. The EU has said what it wants, and the Norwegian business sector is responding to the challenges through innovative projects that will have an immediate global market potential.

Tough competition

This is business at the very top level, and competition to get there is tough. Norwegian companies have proven their worth, and from 2014 to 2016, they were awarded NOK 160 million from the Horizon 2020 SME instrument. The results of the first round in 2017 are in, and four Norwegian companies have been successful. These four companies will receive over NOK 65 million altogether. This is a new record!

Facts
About Horizon 2020

  • Horizon 2020's SME instrument is a customised instrument for small and medium-sized enterprises. It targets innovative companies with international ambitions.
  • The instrument is divided into two phases. Phase 1 is a feasibility assessment phase, and companies are awarded EUR 50 000. Phase 2 covers execution of the main innovation project. Companies are awarded EUR 1–2.5 million during this phase. What is Horizon 2020?

Seal of Excellence:
Innovation Norway funds phase 1 applications to the SME instrument that did not receive funding due to a lack of funds in Brussels. You can find more information about the scheme here.

More information:

Kjetil Svorkmo Bergmann, Senior Communications Advisor at Innovation Norway.
Tel.: +47 908 20 918, e-mail: kjber@innovasjonnorge.no.

 

CodeIT Enterprise™ talks with whatever you´ve got

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Today's automation technology is very complicated and system integration in a factory costing many engineering hours. With a modern integration toolbox as CodeIT Enterprise™ there is no need for the customer to be versed in the details. Systems and equipment can easily be selected from different vendors.

CodeIT Enterprise™ is flexible and integrates into customers current systems and processes, talk with all surrounding intelligence in realtime. Flexibility regarding brands and technology in equipment, printers, robots, scanners, x-ray, scales etc. The printer process is defined per printer and functions are configured based on the needs of each printer, for example handling of scanners, barcodes etc.

In the future the customer can procure equipment on a purchase basis optimally way, 

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Label Design Tool

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Built in graphic tool for message and label design, easy to use on office PC outside the production floor. The built-in label designer is a printer independent design tool, meaning that the users can design labels witch later will be printed on different types of equipment. The user creates lines, squares, text, barcodes, graphics etc. in a WYSIWYG environment. It includes functions as aligning and automatic font sizing (with min/max size).

CodeIT Enterprise has built-in support for centralized label management from which a user can decide when a new label design is going to be used on the different sites (one or many). Some CodeIT customers have strictly centralized label design.

Graphic User Interface

GUI

GUI are fully configurable, which means that at CodeIT begins with a "blank" screen, which then can be designed for each station/line. Normally there is a common template for GUI within the company.
Secured selection of data to print by using a simplified user interface, reducing human input and automating the tasks. Operator GUI can be configured to use local site language

CodeIT Enterprise™ – Configuration instead of programming

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Integrating the top floor with the shop floor drives increased operational efficiency in line with Industry 4.0 and Smart factory thinking, a production with shorter adjustment and lead times, fewer errors, more flexibility and no time-consuming programming. CodeIT Enterprise™ is configurable to customer requirements, even after installation. Everything is done by configuration, graphic user-interface, processes, data, logic, permissions, variables and functions. Configuration instead of programming leads to significant cost savings in the future, additions of equipment, layouts, systems is easy to do. There is always possibilities to make changes and the code is not changed even though the software is tailored for your business.

Configuration vs programming
• Benefits with configuration using prebuilt functions
• High flexibility to make changes, even online changes without stopping process
• Sequences of functions are configured like a ”program”, to make things happen in a certain order
• Less testing, since functions are already tested
• Freedom of choice in terms of hardware (printers, I/O etc)
• No need for source code management
• Configuration changes can be made by in-house (trained) staff or by CodeIT staff.
• New future functionality available via license agreement
• Easier to support, since all functionality is in the configuration. No need to find a valid source code.

CodeIT Enterprise™ meeting new countries

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Marine Harvest ASA is one of the largest seafood companies in the world, and the world’s largest producer of Atlantic salmon. CodeIT Enterprise is a long term investment for Marine Harvest and part of there growth strategy, at CodeIT we are proud of the continous growth within the Marine Harvest Group, today there is installations in Norway, Ireland, Scotland, soon followed by USA and Canada.

Flexibility with CodeIT Enterprise™

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Today's automation technology is very complicated and system integration in a factory costing many engineering hours. With a modern integration toolbox as CodeIT Enterprise™ there is no need for the customer to be versed in the details. Systems and equipment can easily be selected from different vendors.

CodeIT Enterprise™ is flexible and integrates into customers current systems and processes, talk with all surrounding intelligence in realtime. Flexibility regarding brands and technology in equipment, printers, robots, scanners, x-ray, scales etc. The printer process is defined per printer and functions are configured based on the needs of each printer, for example handling of scanners, barcodes etc.

In the future the customer can procure equipment on a purchase basis optimally way, CodeIT Enterprise™ talks with whatever you´ve got.

• Integration with third party suppliers (SCADA, MES, EMI, ERP, etc.)
• Pallet labeling solutions, unique pallet identity, SSCC code handling (ERP and WMS)
• Communication with automation (PLC)
• Communication with I/O devices
• Communication with all equipment, printerbrands and technologies (P&A, Laser, TTOL, CIJ etc)
• Separate sequence handling for each process
• Scalability, ability to enhance the solution by adding new equipment and packaging lines as well as new application funtionalities.
• Databas handling

CodeIT Enterprise™ -Puts you in control

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At CodeIT we provide our customers with expert advice and analysis, software, hardware, installation and support. We have over 20 years’ experience with critical business applications in many types of industries and are known for having a high level of product, system, application, technology and engineering expertise and the capacity needed to help achieve a rapid and successful implementation of connected manufacturing. 

Today CodeIT has integrated close to a thousand productionlines, from one site to multiple facilities around the Nordic countries, USA, Scottland and Ireland. Common for all installations is the open and flexible standard toolbox CodeIT Enterprise™ with built-in drivers and connectors that makes it easy to be flexible and scalable for the future. Integrating manufacturing systems with automation is the holy grail of efficiency, CodeIT Enterprise™ enable companies to leverage real-time information exchange between the business layer and the production layer to increase operational efficiency.

CodeIT Enterprise™ helps companies in many different fields to turn labeling, coding and traceability into a strategic asset with lower costs and greater independence. Integrating the top floor with the shop floor with CodeIT Enterprise™ drives increased operational efficiency in line with Industry 4.0 and «Smart factory» thinking, a production with shorter adjustment and lead times, fewer errors, more flexibility and no time-consuming programming. 

Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth industrial revolution is a concept from Germany aimed at computerization of the manufacturing industry where communication and IT system automates the production and create connected, intelligent factories. Smart and intelligent factories are characterized by greater flexibility, efficiency and productivity.

CodeIT Enterprise continues to grow within the Lantmännen Group

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Lantmännen, one of the largest food groups in the Nordic region announced during 2015 an agreement to acquire Vaasan Group OY, a leading bakery company in Finland and the Baltic region.The FINN CRISP brand was established in 1952, when FINN CRISP thin crisps were launched at the Helsinki Summer Olympic games. The common system for labelling and marking within Lantmännen Cerealia is based on CodeIT Enterprise which is handling Integration with ERP system M3, distribution of data to and from CodeIT, operator screens, label design, label layouts, marking of consumer packs, printing of labels for boxes, automatic pallet labelling, interaction with Conveyor control systems.